After a disappointing trophy-less season, very few Arsenal players can look back at this campaign with any positivity.
One man who certainly can, though, is Alex Iwobi.
Before this season, the 20-year-old hadn’t made a senior appearance but was handed his first-team debut in October. However, a 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup wasn’t the ideal way to start his Arsenal career.
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But things got a lot better for the Nigerian. After making numerous substitute appearances, the winger scored in his first two Premier League starts against Everton and Watford and has seemingly earned himself a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.
There is certainly a lot of hype about the youngster and the latest person to join the Iwobi party is teammate Jack Wilshere.
“I really like him as a player,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player.
“I watched him in the FA Youth Cup last year and you could always tell there was something special about him.
“He used to train with us quite a lot. He was young, so he never really got a look in when he came over, but you could tell he had something special and he has really matured.
“If you ask anyone, it looks like he has been in the team for a number of years. He is confident, technically he is great, he fits in and physically he doesn’t look like a 20-year-old,” he added.
But Wilshere is far from the only person to heap praise on the hot prospect.
The other Arsenal player that can take some credit from this campaign is Mesut Ozil. The German has supplied 18 assists for his side in the Premier League this season and has also sung the praises of Iwobi by telling Arsenal Magazine:
“Alex Iwobi has amazed me with the way he’s performed for the first team recently."
Iwobi’s manager Wenger has done very little to play down his growing reputation. The French boss has made numerous comments in the press, most recently writing in a matchday programme, per ESPN:
“Personally, I believe this boy will be a great player for Arsenal Football Club. He has all the ingredients, not only on the footballing front but also mentally.
"He's intelligent, motivated, focused every day, has a consistent attitude and I'm very happy for him."
It’s obvious that the winger is rated extremely highly at the Emirates and, if he manages to live up to the increasing amount of hype surrounding his potential, he’s going to be some player.